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April 25th, 2022

Bargain Finder 344: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Bruno Shooters Supply — Good Selection of Powders IN STOCK

christensen rifle sale
Many Hodgdon, VihtaVuori, Alliant, Accurate, IMR & Winch Powders

As of 4/24/2022 we found these popular powders (and many others) at Bruno Shooters Supply: Accurate LT30, Hodgdon Titegroup, Hodgdon CFE223, Hodgdon Superformance, IMR 4198, VV N120, VV N135, VV N530, VV 3N35, Alliant Reloder 10-X, Accurate 2230, Accurate 5744. But that is just a partial list. Sorry no Varget, H4350, Reloder 16, or VV N133 — but there are many other good propellants. Head over to Bruno’s and see what’s in stock. FYI, we also recommend checking with Powder Valley and Midsouth, as they received some significant powder shipments recently.

2. EuroOptic — Christensen Arms Sale

christensen rifle sale
BIG Savings — get $300-$500 off normal price for MPR and hunting rifles

EuroOptic is running a remarkable sale on Christensen Arms Rifles. When you add one of these rifles to your shopping cart, BINGO you’ll get HUGE savings over normal prices. For example, a $2399.99 Christensen Arms Modern Precision Rifle (MPR) is $1899.99 in the shopping cart — that’s a FIVE HUNDRED dollar savings! And the price on the Ridgeline hunting rifle is $1599.99 in the cart, FOUR HUNDRED bucks less than the regular $1999.99 price. Plus if you purchase a Christensen Arms MPR on or before 4/30/22 you qualify for a $300.00 Christensen Arms GIFT CARD.

3. Midsouth — Redding T7 Turret Press with Primer Arm, $359.99

Redding t7 kit
Good deal on quality Turret Press and add Creedmoor Upgrade

Are you looking to upgrade from a single stage but don’t need a full progressive press? Consider a turret press such as the Redding T7. The Redding T-7 Turret Press features a 7-station turret head that is easily turned to switch from one die to another. Cast iron construction and compound linkage handle allow for reloading magnum cartridges with ease. The TZ can also be easily upgraded with a $19.95 Creedmoor Redding T7 Turret Press Upgrade Kit. By reducing play/slop, this kit can improve loaded case concentricity and bullet seating consistency. The Upgrade Kit includes all the shims, rings, and pads needed to improve T7 tolerances.

4. Natchez — Major Ammo Sale with Significant Savings

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Up to 32% discounts on rifle, pistol, and shotgun ammunition

Supplies of quality factory ammunition are growing, but prices are still high at most vendors. If you’re looking for good deals on ammo check out the Natchez April Ammunition Sale. You’ll find rimfire ammo, pistol ammo, rifle ammo, and shotgun ammo on sale, all at some of the lowest prices we’ve seen this year. For example, the Federal FX2 12ga shotshells are discounted 32%!

5. Amazon — CHDN Quick-Release Bipod, $28.95

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Nice rail-mounted bipod is sturdy and easy to deploy and retract

Here’ss a great alternative to a spring-loaded Harris-type bipod. The CHDN Tactical Quick Release Rifle Bipod features a quick-release clamp that fits Picatinny rails. Made of hardened steel and aluminum, non-rust black anodized finish, the rifle bipod is duty and light weight. With the leg release button, the central height of the bipod can be adjusted from 7.5 to 9 inches. One of our Editors, who has this bipod, confirms it is a very functional unit for under $30.00.

6. Palmetto State Armory — Norma TAC-22 Ammo, $4.50/box

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Excellent rimfire ammo at a GREAT price — .22 LR Deal of the Year

Do you shoot NRL22 or want to plink with much better ammo than bulk box loads? We found a truly great deal on Norma TAC22 .22 LR ammo at Palmetto State Armory. On sale at just $4.50 per 50-round box (just $0.09/rd), this TAC-22 ammo is a total steal. Norma TAC-22 is good quality ammo that has shown excellent accuracy in tests. You’ll have to pay twice as much (or more) to get more accurate rimfire ammo.

7. Amazon — Vortex Impact 1000 Laser Rangefinder, $198.98

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Good value LRF for hunters, varminters and tactical shooters

Whether hunting or shooting PRS, knowing the precise distance to your target is critical to a first shot hit. If you’re looking for an effective yet very affordable Laser Rangefinder (LRF), check out the Vortex Impact 1000 Rangefinder The Impact 1000 features 6-power magnification, convenient angle compensation, and easy-to-use controls. This LRF can range targets from 5 yards out to 1000 yards. At under $200, it’s a great value.

8. Amazon — PRS-Style Shooting Bag, $48.99

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Very effective, versatile bag for PRS and NRL matches

Shooting a PRS or NRL22 match requires stabilizing your rifle on all kinds of barricades. This means using a portable support bag. If you’re just getting into the sport and want a cost-effective bag, check out the versatile S2Delta PRS Large Shooting Bag. Featuring a crescent shape that fits everything from T-Traps to ladders, this is a great bag to help you enjoy tactical shooting competitions.

9. Amazon — Birchwood Casey Spinner Targets

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Rimfire reactive targets are fun to shoot — multiple options

Reactive targets are fun because you get instant gratification for a hit. For rimfire rounds and handgun cartridges we like Birchwood Casey reactive spinner targets. There are many affordably-priced target types including singles, doubles, triples, and quads. And for a bit more money, Birchwood Casey even offers shot-resettable Quad Gallery Targets (hit the top plate to reset the bottom four). These are offered in multiple configurations for rimfire guns and centerfire pistols. NOTE: These BC reactive targets are NOT for centerfire rifles — you’ll need heavier AR500 steal for that.

10. Amazon — Bronze Bore Brush Ten-Pack, $14.99

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Get ten bronze brushes, you choice of caliber, for just $1.50 each

Cleaning rifles properly often requires a brush but they do wear out. And buying one brush at a time isn’t cost effective. If you need fresh brushes consider this 10-Pack of bronze brushes. You get ten 8/32-threaded brushes in your choice of caliber. Choose .22, .243, .25, .270, .30, .35, or .375 Calibers.

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April 25th, 2022

What Level of Accuracy is “Good Enough” for Your Discipline?

Jim See Elite Accuracy
This impressive 15-round group was shot by Jim See of Elite Accuracy.

Different Shooting Disciplines Demand Different Levels of Precision/Accuracy
In the rapid-fire 3-Gun game, you could probably “clean” most stages with a 2-MOA rifle. By contrast, in the short-range group benchrest game, to compete with the best, you’ll need a rifle that shoots in the “ones” (i.e. 0.1-0.19 MOA) in perfect conditions. In 1000-yard F-Class competition, the top shooters want a rifle that will hold one-third-MOA of vertical at that distance.

What is your standard of accuracy? How good is “good enough”. Jim See, a skilled gunsmith and successful PRS competitor, recently answered that question for his tactical discipline. For the kind of matches Jim shoots, he likes to have a rifle that will hold half-MOA for five (5) shots, 3/4-MOA for 15 shots, and 1 MOA for twenty shots. Remarkably, Jim’s rifle can do that with factory ammo. Above is an impressive 15-shot group shot with .260 Remington Federal Premium Ammo.

Jim See Elite Accuracy

“I say it all the time, my loads need to print 5 under 1/2″, 10 under 3/4″, and 20 under 1″. It’s simple, if a hot barrel will keep 20 rounds fired in succession under my standard it will be a good barrel and load for Precision Match Shooting. Federal Premium Gold Metal Match .260 with Sierra bullets made the cut for me today. 15 consecutive shots under 3/4 MOA.” –Jim See

It’s said that you “can never have too much accuracy”, but there are acceptable standards for each discipline, and they’re not the same. A 100/200 yard Benchrest shooter will be sorely disappointed with a rifle/ammo set-up that can only deliver half-MOA. On the other hand, a PRS competitor like Jim See can achieve great success with a lesser degree of precision. This means you can save time and money. You can run your barrels longer between cleanings, and you don’t have to go “full OCD” when loading your ammo. The PRS shooter does not need to weigh-sort primers, or load powder to single-kernel standards. Proof is the performance. Jim See recently took third place at the Spearpoint Shootout, and he has been a podium finisher at other events. Learn more about Jim’s gunsmithing and training operations at EliteAccuracy.com.

Download This Load Development Target

Jim’s target seemed a bit familiar. AccurateShooter.com created this Diamond and Dot Target a few years back. On each aiming point, there are high-contrast black horizontal and vertical lines for aligning your cross-hairs. The gray circle lets you see the bullet impacts above, without obliterating the red diamond, which is quite useful for precise aiming (we put fine cross-hairs on the points of the diamond). This target sheet includes data entry tables below each of the three aim points. There are many other free targets out there, but this format is very popular. We’re pleased to see Jim using it. You can download this and dozens of other FREE Targets from the AccurateShooter.com Target Page.

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April 25th, 2022

For Sling Shooters — How to Set Up and Use Slings Optimally

Dennis DeMille Creedmoor Sports Rifle Sling video training set-up
Dennis DeMille shows a young competitor at the CMP Western Games how to adjust his leather sling.

If you want to learn more about setting up your sling properly for position shooting, here are some tips from Dennis DeMille, a past Service Rifle Champion. Dennis explains how to choose a sling, and how to adjust it to fit properly.

Dennis DeMille High PowerThe Benefits of Dry-Fire Training
Once you know how to set up your sling properly, you’ll want to practice. Dennis DeMille stresses the importance of dry-fire practice with sling and shooting coat. Dry-Fire training is essential to the sling disciplines. Dennis DeMille, a national Service Rifle Champion, told us that, for every minute he spent in actual competition, he would spend hours practicing without ammunition. While in the USMC, Dennis would practice in the barracks, working on his hold and dry-firing:

“The most important thing is to spend time off the range practicing. Most of what I learned as a High Power shooter I learned without ammunition — just spending time dry firing and doing holding exercises. Holding exercises will really identify the weak parts of your position. The primary purpose of dry firing is to get you used to shooting an empty rifle. If you can shoot a loaded rifle the same way you shoot an empty rifle then eventually you will become a High Master.”

Brandon Green Sling shooting
SFC Brandon Green, 2018 Nat’l High Power Champion. Brandon, one of the nation’s best “hard-holders”, demonstrates proper use of sling in prone position.

Setting-Up a Leather Service Rifle Sling for Competition

So you made the mistake of disassembling your leather service rifle sling, or are intimidated about how to use one? In this Creedmoor Sports InfoZone video, former Creedmoor G.M. Dennis DeMille explains how to set up and use a sling. The covers the basics — Dennis starts with a totally disassembled leather service rifle sling and shows you how to set it up properly.

Tip: “Many shooters shy away from using a leather sling because they have never been taught how to use one. That’s unfortunate. In my opinion a leather sling offers more support than a web sling, which is important when competiting with the heavier than normal rifles.”

Configuring the Sling for the Standing (Offhand) Position
In this second in a series of Creedmoor InfoZone videos on the setup and use of the leather service rifle sling, Dennis DeMille details how to configure and best utilize the leather service rifle sling while shooting from the standing position.

Tip: “Putting the Frogs in different hole will change the amount of added elevation a sling provides.”

Looking at Sling Types — Comparing the Features
In this video Dennis showcases a large variety of shooting slings. He explains the strong points of each type so you can choose the sling best suited to your discipline and shooting style.

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